Sunday, October 01, 2006

Day 47 Quincy and Ali’s Big Day


The Happy Couple!


Jonny looking dapper with the kids before the wedding.

Quincy and AliÂ’s wedding held in a very old Church of England church just outside of Lichfield. The church was filled with the women all dressed very stylish with lots of colorful hats and fascinators on their heads. Most of the men were in tails, which I have never seen at a wedding. Usually the wedding party is in tails, but I guess it is quite common in England for male guests to where tails too. Quincy looked so handsome and happy while Ali looked so natural and beautiful. Thegroomsmenn and usher were especially handsome, I guess I am a little partial since Jonny was one of them, and the bridesmaids looked stunning in their gorgeous burgundy gowns. The weddingcouldn'tnÂ’t have gone any better.


Gorgeous Ali!

The reception was help at the brideÂ’s home in the countryside. They had a drinks reception in their yard before everyone headed into the marquee for dinner. They opted not to have a head table which I thought was a nice touch. We sat at a table where we only knew one other couple and they made sure you were kind of opposite your spouse or partner. It was great to get to know someone new and how they got to know Quincy and Ali. The dinner was extremely tasty and I nearly stuffed myself trying to eat it all.

After dinner were the speeches. I think this is probably my favorite part of Irish, Scottish or English weddings. I wish they did this more in the U.S. because it is really entertaining and they are great conversation starters later on in the evening. Quincy had Norman, MC the evening and he started out by introducing AliÂ’s father for the first speech of the evening. The speech was excellent and he kept making teasing remarks to both Ali and Quincy. After AliÂ’s father was Quincy which was very sincere and heart warming followed by QuincyÂ’s best man Niall with another humorous Irish speech about their growing up in Limavady.


There was a special surprise to add an additional Irish touch to the wedding. Quincy hired a professional dance troupe from London to perform a 30 minute Irish dance and vocal performance. It was amazing! It made me want to go to Riverdance! After that the party started with a live band and lots of dancing.

The evening was very memorable and we were honored to be a part of it. We wish Quincy and Ali all the happiness in the world!

Here are some photos of the evening.


Quincy's Dad, Mom, and sister with the Ali's flower girl and friend's son.


Sinead, Niall, and Clare, the 3 siblings!


Jonny's dear friends Sean, Ban, and Quincy.


Jonny and Pat with a friend of Ali's family. He has been nicknamed Gerry Adams because he looks like the Northern Ireland politician.


Sam, Nicci, and Clare looking beautiful.


Jonny and Eamonn. Eamonn flew in from Dubai for the festivities.


Me and Clare


Jonny cutting a rug!


Ban and Sam the happy couple!


Ban, Me and Jonny. This is the only picture I have of Jonny and I together the whole evening!

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